Candied Bacon Babyback Ribs


Prep Time: 30 minutes. 20 to cook bacon, 10 to season ribs

Cook Time: 4/1/2 hours

Recommended Pellets: Hickory or Mesquite

Serves: 2-4


1/4 cup maple sryup

1 tbs horseradish

8-10 strips of bacon

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 tea of cayenne pepper

1-2 cups apple juice

Your favorite Traeger bbq sauce


Start the Traeger on smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes, or until the fire is established. Once the fire is started, turn to high and go season the bacon.

Mix the brown sugar and cayenne with your hands. place the strips of bacon on a cooking sheet, and spread it on both sides of the bacon.  

Once the grill is at the right temperature, place the bacon directly on the grill, and cook for 5-8 minutes on each side. Make sure to keep a close eye on the bacon because with all that sugar it's easy to burn. Also once the bacon is finished let it cool and continue to caramelize. Once cool chop into small pieces, and try not to eat it! 

Next mix maple syrup and horshradish, and slather on the ribs. turn down the grill to the smoke setting and smoke the ribs for 2-3 hours depending on how much time you have, and how much of a smoky flavor you want.

Once the ribs are smoked transfer them to a foil pan, or wrap them in tin foil. Add the apple juice and steam the ribs with all those good flavors for 2 hours.      

After the 2 hour steam bath remove the ribs from the grill. Turn the grill back on high, and take the ribs out of the foil, and place them on the grill. Slather your favorite Traeger bbq sauce on the ribs, and sprinkle the candied bacon on the sauce. The sauce should hold the bacon, and the flavors should mix together for the most beautiful taste your taste buds will ever taste. Cook on high for 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce and bacon hold to the rib.

After the ribs are done, let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut and serve.